In this baseball instructional we head to the batting cage for some technical batting practice. Using a baseball tee, professional baseball player Chris Swauger shows us how he begins his batting practice. He shows the details in his stance, his rotation, technical aspects on bat placement, body movement, and more. These hitting drills are used at the MLB level but are great to incorporate into little league practice plans. Perfecting the swing and then making that perfect swing as consistant as humanly possible is the key to becoing a skilled batter.
Baseball Video Transcription: I start off, I take 2 rounds off the tee. The first round is really with the ball setup just in the middle of the plate. This is kind of a get-loose round. My first round, not really doing a whole lot, other than getting loose. I'm not going to take a swing now. I'll set the ball up in the middle of the plate, get in my stance. When I do my tee work, I don't like to just stare at the ball, I like to almost take it like I'm approaching a pitch; I'll look out like the pitch is coming, and then I'll go through my swing mechanics, and start, and then I'll go just as if I'm taking a swing in the game.
Now I'm setup just like I would in the game, and I'll start my swing. Basically, what I'm trying to do is I'm trying to get to this position right here, where my hands and everything is in a good plane. My hands, my shoulders, all this, is all end-up in one good, strong position. What will end up happening is when the barrel comes out; I'll end up hitting a line drive up the middle the other way with backspin. That's like . . .
everybody will tell you, a lot of hitting coaches will tell you, "You need to generate backspin." There's a good way to generate backspin and then there's a bad way to generate backspin.
If you chop down on the ball, like this, like I say, I take my hands and I go straight to the ball like this. Yeah I'm going to generate backspin, but what I'm going to end up doing is I'm going to end up cutting the ball and it'll either go straight up into the air, or if I miss, it's going to go straight into the ground with topspin. What I want to do is I want to end up with a nice level swing where everything's lined up, and then when I square the ball up like this, I'm going to hit the ball square. On the barrel, that ball's going to take off with backspin no matter what, OK?
That's basically what I'm looking for. I'm just looking for a line drive up the middle the other way with this first round. After that, I'll take about anywhere from 5 to 10 swings like that, just trying to get loose, trying to get a consistent swing. In these rounds, they're all kind of; I guess you could say fluid, as far as the number of swings that I take. I try to keep myself under 50 swings in this routine, but depending on how I feel that day with what I'm doing, it could change. If it's one of those days that I'm not feeling my swing, I'll stay in here a little bit longer and work on each of these rounds, maybe a little bit more than the other, but I try to not swing too much. I'd rather have 40 or 50 good swings and get good work out of it than take 150 swings and only 10 of them are really useful.
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